Dental implants are essentially a manmade replacement for the root of a tooth, and dental implants cover a broad range of different services. We can replace one missing tooth, we can replace several missing teeth, a whole arch of teeth, or sometimes even both arches of teeth with dental implants, and there's a lot of different options about how that can be done. The best thing for people is to get a consultation and see what their particular concerns and problems are, and what their different options are, and discuss the pros and cons of each for them to come to a decision about what they feel is the most appropriate restoration for their situation. A lot of times we see patients that have loose dentures, misfitting dentures, and they have denture sores, and they've had problems for years, and they're having a big inability chewing their food. Dental implants can be used to tighten dentures and give people their chewing capacity back. Dental implants can be used in other ways to give people bridge work, and fix teeth that are not removable. Probably the biggest improvement with dental implants is improving peoples' ability to eat and chew their food. Years ago, in dental school, we were told that people lose about 85% of their chewing capacity when they go to full dentures. And that's the biggest complaint that we hear when people have a set of dentures, especially the lower ones are loose, and dental implants are a wonderful alternative to that.
If you’d like to replace your damaged or missing teeth with strong, beautiful tooth replacements, contact George A. Hoop, DDS, PA for a free dental implant consultation today!
We have dental offices in both Fort Myers, FL and Naples, FL – regardless of which you visit, Dr. George Hoop and our professional team can restore your oral function and your confident grin! Total Dental Solutions are available for you.
With over 25 years of experience in dental implants, you can trust Dr. Hoop to deliver exceptional treatment!
The Benefits Of Dental Implants
Compared to other tooth replacement options, dental implants offer many advantages. Here are just a few:
- Durability: with proper care, dental implants can last a lifetime
- Stronger bite: dental implants provide up to 90 percent of the chewing power of your natural teeth
- Realistic: dental implants look, feel, and function just like your natural teeth
Because dental implants replace your natural tooth roots, they also help to preserve bone and soft tissue in your jaw and face, which helps you maintain your youthful look! Also, unlike traditional dental bridges, dental implants do not require any preparation of your surrounding healthy teeth!
Dental Implants: A Part of Total Dental Solutions
Dental implants are a tooth replacement option that literally fuses with your jawbone through a process called osseointegration. They consist of three parts:
- The dental implant
- The restorations (replacement teeth)
- The abutment that connects the implant and restoration
Depending on your situation, we can connect a variety of restorations to your dental implants, including:
So you can make the decision that works best for you, we will review all of your restorative dentistry options before settling on a plan of treatment.
If your jawbone is not dense or thick enough for dental implants, we may be able to place mini dental implants instead!
Our Dental Implant Process
When you arrive at either of our dental offices, our friendly team will do everything we can to put you at ease. To make your treatment faster and more comfortable, we have invested in state-of-the-art dental technology to plan and execute your procedure, including:
- Digital X-rays for a clearer image with less radiation than traditional X-rays
- 3D cone beam CT scans for a panoramic view of your teeth and mouth
- Intraoral scanners so you won’t have to put up with messy, uncomfortable impressions
Once we have carefully planned your treatment, we will:
- Perform any tooth extractions if necessary
- Numb the area so you won’t feel a thing
- Gently place your dental implants
After a brief healing period, we will attach your custom tooth restorations to rejuvenate your smile!
If you are nervous, we can help relieve your dental anxiety with dental sedation options!